Archives for 2011

Do you want to be a fragile egg or a bouncy ball? (Go for the ball)




In my life so far I have done some interesting stuff.  Obviously I am not finished yet! But I am one of those people who is interested in almost anything that comes his way and some things that I go and find.

My wife goes mad each time I say “Oh babe, I am thinking about doing this now, it’s just a 2 year course”.  Cue my wife spending the next 10 minutes asking me why and how am I going to pay for it?

Cue me not knowing and looking at her with a puppy dog face.

In these adventures I have met some interesting people and different styles of the way people handle other people.  From Military, Sports, Big Business, Small Businesses, Political, Life Coaching, Therapy coaching I have seen how different people do things.

What I do think is interesting is that at first glance those who look like “Push overs” are often the most resilient.  They are bouncy balls not eggs!

Let’s define an egg

Eggs have hard shells.  They look like they would be very strong and if you push on the end of an egg it is.  But if you drop it on the floor you will probably find it has a soft centre.

Let’s define a bouncy ball

Soft on the outside.  Initially it looks like it could be manipulated easily.  If you drop it on the floor it bounces.

So what am I talking about here?

Well think about someone you know who is like the egg.  They are tough on the outside, look strong and have a shell around them that looks hard to crack.  Do you have someone in mind?

Ok so they might be your boss let’s say.  Well the thing is at some point that person will get to a point where they are dropped on the floor and they will spill their soft insides out.  They will be cracked and there is nothing they can do about it.

If you are a bouncy ball you don’t break.  You simply bounce.

The challenge is most people who are bouncy balls are considered weak by some.  Why?  Well they don’t come across as strong (apparently) they come across as weak because you can manipulate them a bit.  Just like a bouncy ball.

But, and here is the point, when the stress of life is on who do you think will do better?  The bouncy ball type person or the Egg?

I know the answer to that.

I used to be an Egg, I wanted everything my way, now I try and be like a bouncy ball.  The great thing is some people who I meet (who didn’t know me before) think I am a bit too easy going.  Ha!  Me easy going!  Wonderful.

So if you are finding that you want everything how you want everything, think about the egg and the bouncy ball.





The race – how to win from the back!

This is a great example of someone who isn’t prepared to fail. She is ready to win!

Life is like this. It knocks you down and you have to get up and run. Heather Dorniden did just that. See the video.

I was actually sent this by www.godtube.coom


Interview with Yaro Starak – From a Geek to financially independent Internet Marketing Guru

Yaro Starak is someone I have learnt a lot from.  If you don’t know Yaro he has a very well known Internet Marketing Blog called.

He teaches people how to make money from blogging or Online Marketing.  One of the things that appeals to me about his site is it’s honesty.  Yaro is open and genuine.  He doesn’t say you will make Millions of dollars online (although he does).  He says you can but you need to work at it!

That kind of attitude really resonated with me.  Especially as at the time I had tried everything that I could do to make money online and really only covered my expenses…if that.

Yaro is also a student.  A student of Personal Development.

Without saying too much, he puts his success down to Personal Development.

Anyway, watch the video and enjoy.  It is a long one so watch when you know you won’t be busy.



Win an Amazon Kindle – The Kindle freebie fun

Yep I am giving away an Amazon Kindle.

As you may know I have just released my first book The Little Book of Big Change.  As a fun thing today I am going to give away a brand new Amazon Kindle to one lucky reader of my book.  All you need to do is purchase the book then send me proof of purchase to signups at lifeturnaroundnow . com

Once I have 100 emails showing 100 sales of my book I will pick a winner and send them a new Amazon Kindle.

The same as the one I have which is the Wifi version.  Pretty cool? Watch the video below to find out more.

Listen in on Deepak Chopra

Deepak is going to do a live stream with CEO Paulette Cole.  Should be a really interesting chat!

Time 7pm EST.  The video should show below when it starts!


Companies that still test on animals

As a big time animal lover and activist (yes I said it!) I still find it amazing that companies use animals to test on.

This will not be a rant about animal testing but the truth is that there more scientific ways to do it now.  Actually a lot of the scientific community have come out and said that animal testing is NOT accurate at all.  It’s old, costly and crap.

So here are some companies that still do test on animals.  If you have a pet or love animals then I ask you to not buy from these companies.

Many manufacturers of personal care and household items still test their products on animals, despite the growing number of alternative methods for evaluating product safety. The following list contains all such companies known and their associated brand names. This list originally was compiled from two primary references (cited at the bottom of this page). In addition, it is updated as new information is made available to us. We cannot fully guarantee its accuracy, so please use the list accordingly–and do let us know if you can offer any further updates. You may wish to print out the list and take it along next time you go shopping! Please also note that all over-the-counter medicines and/or their ingredients are extensively tested on animals, as currently required by the FDA.

Companies That Still Test on Animals (and associated brands):

  • Alcon Labs
  • Allergan, Inc.
  • Answer
  • Arm & Hammer
  • ArmorAll
  • Arrid
  • Axe
  • Aziza
  • Bain de Soleil
  • Ban Roll-on
  • Banana Boat
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Benckiser
  • BenGay
  • Biotherm
  • Block Drug Co. Inc.
  • Bounty
  • Boyle-Midway
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • Cacherel
  • Cargill
  • Carpet Fresh
  • Carter-Wallace
  • Chesebrough-Ponds
  • Church & Dwight
  • Clarion
  • Clairol
  • Clear Choice
  • Clorox
  • Commerce Drug Co.
  • Consumer Value Stores
  • Coppertone
  • Coty
  • Cover Girl
  • Crest
  • Dana Perfumes
  • Dawn
  • Del Laboratories
  • Desitin
  • Dial Corporation
  • Diversey
  • Dove
  • Dow Brands
  • Drackett Products Co.
  • Drano
  • EcoLab
  • Eli Lilly & Co.
  • El Sanofi Inc.
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Erno Laszlo
  • Faberge
  • Fantastik
  • Fendi
  • Final Net
  • Finesse
  • First Response
  • Flame Glow
  • Garnier
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Givaudan-Roure
  • Glade
  • Glass Plus
  • Helena Rubinstein
  • Helene Curtis Industries
  • Huggies
  • ISO
  • Ivory
  • Jhirmack
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Johnson Products Co.
  • Jovan
  • Kaboom
  • Keri
  • Kimberly-Clark Corp
  • Kiwi Brands
  • Kleenex
  • Lady’s Choice
  • Lancaster
  • Lancome
  • Lava
  • Lever Brothers
  • Lipton
  • Listerine
  • L’Oreal USA
  • Lubriderm
  • Lux
  • Lysol
  • Matrix Essentials
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • Mead
  • Mop & Glo
  • Nair
  • Naturelle
  • Neutrogena
  • Neutron Industries, Inc.
  • Olean
  • Orange Glo
  • Oscar de la Renta
  • OxiClean
  • Pantene
  • Parfums International
  • Pearl Drops
  • Pennex
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Pine-Sol
  • Plax
  • Playtex Corporation
  • Pledge
  • Polident
  • Ponds
  • Post-It
  • Prestige Brands
  • Prince Matchabelli
  • Proctor & Gamble Co
  • Redken
  • Resolve
  • Richardson-Vicks
  • Sally Beauty Supply
  • Sally Hansen
  • Sanofi
  • SC Johnson & Son
  • Schering-Plough
  • Scotch
  • Scott Paper Co.
  • Scrub Free
  • Sensodyne
  • Signal
  • SmithKline Beecham
  • Snobal
  • SoftSheen
  • S.O.S.
  • Stanhome Inc.
  • Sterling Drug
  • Suave
  • Sun Star
  • Sunsilk
  • TCB Naturals
  • Tegrin
  • 3M
  • Tide
  • Tilex
  • Trojan
  • Truvia
  • Unilever
  • Vaseline
  • Vichy
  • Vidal Sassoon
  • Visine
  • Vivid
  • Warner-Lambert
  • Westwood Pharmaceuticals
  • White Shoulders
  • Whitehall Laboratories
  • Windex
  • Woolite

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Working too hard and long office hours can make you sick?


Where do they get this information!  Like this was something new or never talked about before.  I would love to be the person who gives out the money for these surveys.

“Oh you want to do a survey on the relationship between eating chocolate all day and getting fat?  Oh sure here is £50,000.  Enjoy and let me know if you find anything substantial”


OK I know I am being a clever dick (If you are reading this outside of the UK you will have to ask someone what that is) but do they need to spend money and effort on things such as working too many hours can made you stressed?

With that said I am happy they are trying to educate people more about this.  I for one had changed what I do considerably.  Last year my work hours was putting a lot of stress on me, my wife and our emotional and physical relationship.

I would be up all hours working.  It’s not good on the mind or body.  So when we moved to San Diego I decided to cut a lot of things out of my work.

Yes it was hard, yes some of those things I cut might make a fortune but I don’t care.  So what?  I have a life.  And so do you.  Cut out the crap and get home more.  Let’s be honest, most people waste time at work anyway.  Facebook anyone?  Oh they don’t have facebook at work?  How about email or on your phone?

Don’t live to work. Yes work hard but know that work is just work.  It does pay the bills etc but so what if you can’t enjoy the time.

Check out the article I am talking about here

Do you have free will? Or are you just working within the construct of life that others have created?

I found this article on the NY times.  Pretty interesting.

Basically it is asking if we have free will.  Well initially the answer looks obvious.  Of course we have free will!  I wasn’t made to go running yesterday or drink wine tonight.

Or was I?

Am I simply operating with the confines of the construct that other people have created?  Think about it.

The wine that I like to drink is only there because someone made it, sold it and then sold it to me.  The supermarket probably made it interesting by putting in an obvious place.  I picked it up, read the label and purchased it.

How much of that was me?  How much of that was me choosing from a selective choice that others had decided for me?

Then there are those that say that they are not responsbile for there decisions.  The same say that “I only did it because….”

I really don’t like those people or I should say what they are saying.

How incorrect they are. Even if we are only operating within the confines of what someone else has created then we still have free will.

The big question is do we have free will outside of that construct?  Is there a construct at all?